HERWIN Sutherland from G and B Jerk Centre in Buff Bay copped one of the last 10 spots for the Caribbean Broilers (CB) Pan Chicken Championship grand finals when he was named the 2013 Portland Parish Winner for the eastern regional elimination of the competition.
Twenty-six contestants have now advanced to the grand finals of the competition on November 24 where they will vie for the coveted 2013 CB Pan Chicken Champion title and more than $500,000 in cash and prizes.
"Words cannot explain," Sutherland said with a big grin. "I feel so joyful. God bless CB Chicken."
Busily serving the large crowd that had gathered at his tent to purchase the winning pan chicken, Sutherland said he was confident he would have been successful.
"Mi know how to do mi ting. I have the best tasting chicken and CB is di best chicken to jerk because it soft and juicy. I brought extra chicken because I know the crowd and judges would like my chicken," he added.
Also representing the east at the finals will be Carrette Downers, runner-up for Portland, Triston Bernard and Silbert Henry, winner and runner-up for St Thomas; Red Hills Road vendors Rodney Bent and Cyril Mitchell from Kingston and St Andrew; Kevin Nash and Patrick Martin from St Mary and rounding off the eastern finalists, Barrington Williams and Yvonne McCalla-Walker from St Catherine.
Marcel Mitchell of Kingston and St Andrew was named the winner of the Grace Tomato Ketchup 'Grace Ketch di Taste' sauce competition, edging out St Thomas' Karena Dare by just five points. Each parish winner and runner-up were awarded $30,000 and $15,000 respectively.
But the day was not all about the contestants. Enduring the scorching heat, hundreds of supporters steadily filed into the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) car park in Portmore, St Catherine, throughout the day to take advantage of reduced prices. They sampled pan chicken from the various contestants, a medley of seafood and Rainforest Ready burgers, jerked Copperwood Pork, various products from National Bakery, Grace soup, Nestle ice cream and Bad Dawg Sausages.
Also in the mix were First Heritage Co-operative Credit Union (FHC) offering financial advice, and the UDC highlighting its numerous attractions. The young ones were also treated to free rides in the National Kiddies Village, face-painting as well as hilarious antics by the clowns, CB's mascot 'CB' and FHC's 'Thrifty Bee'.
Caribbean Broilers has for the past seven years staged the annual CB Pan Chicken Championship, an exciting nationwide food contest in search of the island's most talented and creative pan chicken chef. The aim of the competition is to, among other things, drive innovation, job creation, promote Jamaican brands and businesses, create an enabling environment to increase earnings and promote development of microenterprises.